A Splash of Red

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A Splash of Red

The Life and Art of Horace Pippin

By Jennifer Bryant; Jen Bryant; Melissa Sweet (Illustrator)

Alfred A. Knopf Books for Young Readers, Library Binding, 9780375967122, 40pp.

Publication Date: January 8, 2013

Description
A Robert F. Sibert Honor Book
Winner of the Schneider Family Book Award
An ALA-ALSC Notable Children's Book
Winner of the NCTE Orbis Pictus Award for Outstanding Nonfiction for Children
As a child in the late 1800s, Horace Pippin loved to draw: "He loved the feel of the charcoal as it slid across the floor. He loved looking at something in the room and making it come alive again in front of him." He drew pictures for his sisters, his classmates, his co-workers. Even during W.W.I, Horace filled his notebooks with drawings from the trenches . . . until he was shot. Upon his return home, Horace couldn't lift his right arm, and couldn't make any art. Slowly, with lots of practice, he regained use of his arm, until once again, he was able to paint--and paint, and paint Soon, people including the famous painter N. C. Wyeth started noticing Horace's art, and before long, his paintings were displayed in galleries and museums across the country.
Jen Bryant and Melissa Sweet team up once again to share this inspiring story of a self-taught painter from humble beginnings who despite many obstacles, was ultimately able to do what he loved, and be recognized for who he was: an artist.

"From the Hardcover edition.



About the Author
JEN BRYANT has published poetry, biographies, picture books, and fiction for young readers. Her last picture-book biography collaboration with Melissa Sweet, "A River of Words: The Story of William Carlos Williams, " was a Caldecott Honor Book. Jen lives with her family in southeastern Pennsylvania.

MELISSA SWEET is the Caldecott Honor artist of "A River of Words" by Jen Bryant, "The Sleepy Little Alphabet" by Judy Sierra, and "Mrs. Harkness and the Panda" by Alicia Potter, among others. She is also the author-illustrator of "Balloons Over Broadway, " which was awarded a Robert F. Sibert Medal.